So the competition had a new major release some days ago, had to check it out
First the niceties:
- the ram check of isolinux. If it detects you don't have enough ram for a full desktop, it only loads a smaller set (four levels, from full to cli). If the ram is less than a minimum, it refuses to boot.
- the web control panel is nice. CSS only, so it will work even in dillo though it will look ugly there.
- the larger packs include the intel and nv 2d drivers. No ati? 30% of market?
- Xorg is configured incorrectly, it doesn't find any of the shipped fonts
- on a normal boot Xorg is started twice (slim autologin, I think)
- 2.6.37 with the ide layer
- xset is not included in any of the packs. Now how do I set the keyboard repeat rate/screensaver timeouts/font path at runtime?
The not so niceties:
- on my first two tries in Qemu it failed to find the network. The first was virtio, the second was the qemu default, r8139. Lacking virtio support is excusable, but r8139 is one of the most popular 1gbps ethernet cards (!). My third try was a ne2000k pci, that one was recognized.
- it runs dbus and HAL. In the smaller packs no less.
- the autostart first-run setups aren't quite failproof. On the full packs boot I clicked "cancel", and the menus weren't fully populated nor were a panel, wallpaper or icons shown.
- the web control panel installer page wants to start gparted. Good for laughs when one is using the web panel remotely, though not for actually partitioning
. I did wonder whether they intended to include something like a Java VNC or Java X server, but it seems the web panel is more intended to be used on the localhost. Trading conf binary size for the size of a web browser and server (busybox httpd, though)?